Circumstances VS Truth

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FAITH, HOPE AND ASSURANCE 2Every Monday I get a text from KSBJ with an encouraging word or scripture.  Yesterday it was the following:

“God, though I can’t see the outcome, I will trust in You.  My faith will not be determined by my circumstances.  Hebrews 11:1.”

I love these little messages from God that seem to occur when they are most needed.

There are times when all of us get so wrapped up in our circumstances that we can’t see the proverbial forest for all the trees that are blocking our vision.  Sometimes it is because the circumstances may be overwhelming at that moment; other times it is because we haven’t had the proper fuel to recognize the truth of God’s Word.

Thankfully the Reason we are overcome by circumstances isn’t the end; nor is it the Answer to the situation we face.

If our security is firmly planted and established upon the Rock of Salvation, we may temporarily be shaken or gripped with fear; however, we don’t stay in that place.  As KSBJ’s text stated, “…I will trust in You…”

After the emotions are sorted out and set aside, our minds, and then our hearts, can focus on The Truth of Who God Is.

 I’m often reminded of something my sister, Susan, said over 25 years ago.  She was going through a difficult time, and while talking on the phone one day she said “she was thankful that the well was deep.”  In the midst of what was heartbreaking, Susan’s source was a deep well of experiences with God…His faithfulness…His promises…His love…His Truth.

Susan had feasted on God’s Word.  Her mind was renewed and her “well” was filled with Truth.  While the circumstances were hurtful and traumatic, she had a reservoir of strength upon which to draw.

Isn’t that where we all want to be?  Filled with God’s truth to a point where every issue or circumstance that comes our way is filtered by GOD’S TRUTH, not what we think or see.  That Truth is clearly expressed in Hebrews 11:1, which was referenced in KSBJ’S text.

It says:

ESV:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Holman: “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”

Complete Jewish Bible: “Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.”

 The Message:  “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.  It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”

Father, I thank you that my circumstance is not determined by the things of this world that can overwhelm.  My reality is expressed in The Expanded Bible:  “Faith means being sure [the assurance, or the tangible reality; or the sure foundation] of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it [the conviction/assurance/evidence about things not seen].”   You alone are my Tangible Reality, my Sure Foundation.  You, Lord, make life worth living.  Thank you, Abba. Thank you.